Designer Phillip Lim recently opened the doors to his eclectic New York City loft to WSJ. Magazine. Balancing the perfect amount of understated and unexpected, the light and airy loft has been constructed to encompass classic styling with coziness.

Therefore, let us guide you through the back-story of this amazing interior design project.

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It all started seven years ago, when Lim moved in a century-old building. He had the vision for what is now his custom-built penthouse loft in Soho, and in 2011, he decided to take over his loft’s neighbor apartment, joining them both together to create the resulting heavenly crib.

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From two one-bedroom apartments, and after 18 months of painstaking renovations, he made a very personal curated space. The entire process was lightly guided by architect Joe Nix, whose wife, Maria Vu, is Lim’s senior brand director.

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With a keen eye for all that is beautiful and yet having a very practical perspective on things, Phillip Lim picked an exquisite array of pieces to carefully spread throughout the now light-filled loft. From custom made furniture by design master Tyler Hay, to stunning works of art by Richard Serra and Cy Twombly. From a Hermès Petit h swing and a Yoruba chair upholstered with beading and precious memorabilia, to signed pieces such as a pair of Pierre Jeanneret chairs, a Yves Klein coffee table and an Eileen Gray leather chair.

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Finally, we leave you with a precious thought from the designer himself, whose focus was on practicality, comfort and ensuring his guests feel at home in his house. “I respect you, so I would love you to sit on the best things. I want the place to feel casual, not like a museum.”

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Photgraphed by Adam Friedberg for WSJ. Magazine.